ArcGIS resources for Secondary Schools

We have worked closely with teachers from secondary schools in the Eden Catchment to develop a range of free resources to support your teaching of river topics.

Created using ArcGIS, a Geographical Information System used by professionals and designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage and present spatial or geographic data, these resources are all web based, so you don't have to download software to access them.
 
Resources include:
Online Story Maps
Interactive maps, often using multimedia, to explore geographical features, case studies, people's stories and much more.
 
Web-mapping resources
Data-led resources that students can import data to/ investigate in order to be able to complete tasks and answer questions about key topics.
 
Teachers’ notes

- Background info, plus suggested questions and tasks to be used in conjunction with each resource, plus

- Video tutorials on how to use ArcGIS and how to create a hydrology web map.

We have suggested key stages that these resources may be most suitable to use with, but these are not prescriptive, please feel free to adapt them to suit your classes.

Topics:

Story Maps:
Journey down the River Eden 

Students will take a trip from source to sea with this introduction to simple river vocabulary and processes, key features and places of interest along the river, plus some of the historical uses and current wildlife value of the River Eden.

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Improving the River Petteril

This catchment management case study uses multimedia to help students learn about ecosystem services, water quality and pollution pressures, using data and evidence to manage catchments, and the Water Framework Directive.

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Thacka Beck Flood Alleviation Scheme

Explore flood risk management throughout the upper, middle and lower reaches of a river catchment using examples of flood management solutions from Thacka Beck, Penrith and throughout Europe.

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Restoring Rivers (re-meandering the River Lyvennet)

Learn about the problems associated with managed rivers and the benefits to wildlife and people of restoring rivers to their natural state, as shown on the River Lyvennet.

The case study supports topics such as rural landscape management, river habitats and processes, managing biodiversity, upstream solutions to flood risk, natural flood risk management and incorporating ecosystem service benefits within river restoration schemes.

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Web Map Exercises:

Explore the Eden - Geography of the Eden Catchment

The resource includes associated questions and tasks designed to help students become familiar with using simple online GIS mapping tools to query map-based data, recognise key river catchment terms, and investigate the geography of an area.

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Watch video tutorial >>

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Download Student worksheet >>


Exploring the Topography of the Eden: Long Profiles and Cross Sections

Following on from ‘Explore the Eden’, students can explore the Topography of the Eden Catchment, completing tasks and questions that will help them to become familiar with using simple online GIS mapping tools to query map-based data and investigate the geography of an area.

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Hydrology of the Eden: Create your own map

(including river gauge data from Storm Desmond, Dec 2015)

Follow the step-by-step video tutorial to create a web-map about the hydrology of the Eden Catchment, then answer a range of questions about rainfall, river levels and flooding.

Students will learn and apply the following GIS skills during this lesson:

  • Adding data to ArcGIS Online (from zipped shapefiles, csv excel file, internet);
  • Symbolising data in ArcGIS Online;
  • Creating a choropleth map of average annual rainfall, and
  • Customising pop-up information, including adding simple storm hydrographs to a map.

 

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Investigating Catchments

Students will independently investigate river catchments, focusing on hydrology, water quality and soils. The data package combines spreadsheet-based gauging and water quality monitoring data with an online mapping package of catchment characteristics.

Will support topics such as river regimes, hydrographs, storm/flood hydrographs, soil erosion and organic water pollution.

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Jude Hodson, Trinity School, Carlisle has tried out the resources:

"Having used the Eden Rivers Trust’s GIS lessons I can thoroughly recommend them. Using GIS in lessons is something many Geography teachers understandably shy away from but even for the technologically uninitiated the programmes and storyboards are intuitive to use. The videos which have been made to be used alongside the more complex lessons explain how to use the maps to get whatever information you are looking for.

The lessons are very useful, and I have used them from year 7, all the way through to 6th form, as the tasks are clearly differentiated and lend themselves to use during topics all the way through the curriculum. The amount of data available on the 6th form lessons is impressive, and means that a whole range of different processes can be investigated. The year 7 lessons I have used extensively, and the teachers’ helpsheets are very clear and informative when using the online resources. The students were fully engaged and interested in finding the information available to them. The videos of the wildlife in the Eden they found particularly enthralling, and they loved the maps with information embedded in them."